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The Social Significance of Euphemisms

By Sally Raskoff Why do we use words like “troops” and “escorts” to sanitize our discussions of difficult, disturbing, or controversial topics, like war and sex? There has been much talk of bringing the “troops” home and of “troop” casualties....
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Beers, ducks and talk of war on Donetsk beach

News : The Newsroom (yesterday)

As a shell explodes close by in the twilight on Donetsk's beach, everyone falls silent for a moment. A tiny oasis of sand, grass and water at a reservoir in central Donetsk, a city surrounded by Ukrainian troops fighting pro-Russian... Read Post

'Celebrating' South Sudan troops fire on UN base, wound child

News : The Newsroom (yesterday)

South Sudanese soldiers opened fire on a UN peacekeeping base sheltering 40,000 civilians, wounding a child and spraying bullets across the camp, the United Nations said Tuesday. Troops "were firing in the air in celebration of war ... Read Post

Challenges in Naming Gender Identities: Cis and Trans

Academics / Sociology : Everyday Sociology (7 months ago)

By Sally Raskoff Issues of sex and gender are popular and common topics in sociology; we discuss the complexities of defining sex as physical (male, female) and gender as social (women, men). We assume that males take on the gender.... Read Post


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